Grab a helmet and sword and head out for the open battlefield in NextGen Gaming’s 300 Shields Slot, a high-volatility video slot with five reels and 25 Paylines which takes the conflicts of Ancient Greece and the legendary Spartan warriors as its themes.
There are Wilds, Scatters, free spins galore and some potentially great wins, so this game should prove worthy of the fight! Your power could land you some hefty cash wins; what’s more, there’s a prize multiplier of up to 300x.
The background music would whip up anyone to charge into battle, while the graphics are amazing. They include blue skies, a wheat field on which the battle plays out, weaponry, warriors and Spartan temples in the distance.
The theme and general feel of this game reflect the 300 comic book and the movie of the same name about King Leonidas leading 300 Spartans into battle against the Persian god-king Xerxes. (This was the legendary Battle of Thermopylae, in which 300 Spartans famously saw off more than 100,000 Persians.)
How to play
Controls are clearly labelled at the bottom of the screen, so you can always see your balance, stake and any winnings. You can alter the number of Paylines, activating all 25 using Max Line if you wish, and change your bet per line. Then just hit Spin when you are ready. Coin values range from 0.02 to 5.00. Be warned, this is an incredibly fast-paced game.
The lower-value symbols are the standard playing card icons, including the numbers 9 and 10 plus the ‘face cards’ J, Q, K and A. Among the medium-value icons are a cluster of arrows and a double-edged sword.
Meanwhile, the two most lucrative symbols are the wooden longboat and the Spartan warrior with bow and arrow.
300 Shields slot special features
The Shield symbol serves as the Scatter, the Warrior icon as the Wild, which replaces all other emblems bar the Scatter. When the Wild launches a winning Payline, look out for the soldier slashing his sword and listen out for his warrior’s cry!
You’ll notice a similar animation when you land two or more Scatters, with the shield opening and a warrior jumping out.
The Shields bonus feature
Land at least three Scatters to launch this free spins round. Although, actually they’re called free games in 300.) A special screen informs you of your win, and blood rolls down the reels for these spins. Gruesome, maybe, certainly in keeping with the game’s theme!
You’ll get five free games, and you can spark more bonuses when you land extra Scatters during this round. Two or more Shields bags you a further five freebies and all wins involving a Warrior are doubled initially but multiplied five times when you land further Scatters during the round.
Six or more Scatters get you another five free whirls, with a 25x multiplier on the Warrior symbol.
Land a dozen or more Shields simultaneously and enjoy a further five free games plus a 300x multiplier on your wins.
During the feature, a sword to the right of your screen keeps tabs on Shield numbers by raising the level of blood on the blade.
Can’t wait to land the Scatters? The Buy Pass bonus allows you to purchase entry into the free spins – at a price of 60x stake.
Return to Player (RTP)
There’s nothing to scare the horses here – RTP or Return to Player is a pretty average 95.30%.
Be prepared for some fairly bloodthirsty graphics, but 300 Shields Slot is certainly exciting and action-packed so should keep you absorbed; what’s more, it suits all budgets and no downloading is needed. You also have the chance to play for some big wins.
Try it in free demo mode before parting with any real money, and see how you get on!